Jake Owen was performing about an hour away from Pensacola, in Fort Walton at The Block and I was reminded the day of the show. I saw him perform in 2011 at the Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival and fell in love with his music. So I automatically wanted to go next time he was in the area. Thank goodness for amazing friends because I was messaged and asked if I wanted to go to the show and I was put on the list at the door for me plus one. As much as I love country music, I only have a couple of close friends that enjoy it enough to go to concerts with me. Cassie agreed to go with me for my plus one!
Doors opened at 6 p.m. with Jake starting at 7 p.m. We didn't want to be late (we've never been before) and arrived inside around 7 p.m. after waiting in line. I was thinking we would be in the back...nope we walked right up to the front of the stage. Front row the whole entire time for Jake Owen and his talented band. Best.Seats.In.The.House.
We also came to the conclusion that this was better people watching than FloraBama. I tweeted, "At a dive country bar outside of town. Yes, I'm completely judging everyone here. #rednecks." "We have seen the ultimate muffin top, half of a shirt on a woman and a baby in a bar. #nightmade." Yes, there was a baby in a bar. Not much longer after, we saw a girl in a completely see through fish net dress, a girl with a see through lingerie top meant to stay in the bedroom, and a girl with so many holes in her jeans I saw her pink underwear and butt cheeks. Epic.Night.of.Redneckery.
I would add this concert to the top of this list for enjoyable concerts. Jake didn't have a "scripted" set on what he was going to say and wasn't afraid to change up things. On the set list, he was supposed to perform "Heaven" and you saw him get a new guitar then change his mind and took his old guitar back and started talking to the band. He announced that he was supposed to do an acoustic performance, but thought that it looked like the crowd wanted to rock, so he didn't slow the set down. He proudly stated that he also has ADD and saw a Bocephus shirt in the crowd, pointed the guy out and started singing some Hank Williams, Jr. He broke out some college sets he did with fun songs that the whole audience knew, played Lynard Skynard, Tom Petty, and John Anderson's Seminole Wind, because he went to FSU. Yes, I did my Gator Chomp on the front row.
Jake Owen's "Barefoot Blue Jean Night" is an album that I know and love every sing song. That doesn't happen very often for me. Other album's that I adore every song:
Pistol Annies "Hell on Heels"
The Wreckers "Stand Still, Look Pretty"
Michael Franti "The Sound of Sunshine"
Hunter Hayes self titled
Miranda Lambert "Revolution"
Here's some photos of the night. Since it was a last minute invite, I didn't have my camera fully charged and it tried to die on me, so I had to resort to my iphone. The lighting was horrible as the spotlights were directly in my eyes most of the night. Jake's guitarist kept laughing and I think it was because I was trying to move out of the way of the light and ducked one time and it went straight into the eyes of the girl behind me. I'm sure we were quite amusing.
|We were front row|
|My favorite photo of the night.|
|Guitar player that kept laughing.|
|We like set lists :)|